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Measures against the coronavirus pandemic currently implemented at the HfM

Starting on January 11, 2021 individual instrumental and chamber music lessons can take place in person inside our buildings. The principle remains that all contacts must be reduced to a minimum.

If you are not in Berlin, please do not embark on a journey back here if this is risky for you. If you are in Berlin, please only come to the HfM buildings when necessary and do not spend time inside the buildings if you have no compelling reason to do so.

All our regulations below are motivated by our primary considerations for your health, the health of our School community as a whole, and the health of your families and relatives. In short, this means that on-site and in-person teaching requires mutual agreement on both sides,
from teachers and students alike. Some of you have duties to care for older, ill persons or those at risk – or you yourself may be at risk. Each and every one of us must decide for ourselves in these times of the pandemic how wide our own radius can be and which situations we can justify on a daily basis.

The Berlin State Ordinance dated December 11, 2020 states the following regarding the 2020/21 winter semester: “Persons who were enrolled at a state or state-approved academy in Berlin during the 2020/21 semester, and were not on leave, benefit from an individual period of regular study (Regelstudienzeit) which is extended by one semester, compared to the standard period of regular study.” More in detail read here.

Counseling and Support

In order to accompany all members of the school as effectively as possible during this time, in their studies, their personal situation, their place of work, the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin offers a broad range of counseling and support, which we have expanded further during this time.

We would like to offer you an overview of the most important points of contact:

First point of contact for help & information

Hannah von Hunoltstein
Email:
hannah.vonhunoltstein(at)hfm-berlin.de
Telefon: +49 (0)30 688 305 – 860

Advice & support for mental stress

Kirsten Peters
Email:
kirsten.peters(at)lba.hfm-berlin.de

Help in crisis situations (selection)


Rules for In-Person Teaching starting on January 11, 2021

  1. General Rules
    Only those who are registered in our building administration programme Asimut are allowed access to our buildings. Registration cards must still be filled out. Within the School’s buildings, the obligation to wear a facemask and to follow hygiene and ventilation rules continues to be in effect - including during lessons (unless wearing a facemask is impossible to reconcile with artistic work). Please wear a medical mask (surgical mask), an FFP2 or KN95 mask whenever you are inside a School building.
     
  2. Individual Practice
    Individual practice continues to be possible. Please refer to the handout “Studierenden-Info_Üben im WiSe 2020/21” dated 20.11.2020 (eislerCloud/Corona-Maßnahmen – Üben und Unterrichten im WiSe 2020_2021: eislercloud).
     
  3. Chamber Music Rehearsals
    Regular and officially listed chamber music ensembles may resume practising from January 11 onwards, as long as they have a permit to practice (“Übegenehmigung”). Explanations can be found in the handout „Studentisches Üben im WiSe 2020/21“ dated November 20, 2020 (eislerCloud/Corona-Maßnahmen – Üben und Unterrichten im WiSe 2020_2021: eislercloud). Please remain aware of the fact that the risk of infection increases when several people come together.
     
  4. Teaching
    • Individual artistic lessons (incl. répétiteurs) are allowed once again from January 11, as long as they cannot take place adequately in a digital form. Please also refer to the handout for teachers: „Lehrenden-Info_Unterrichten im WiSe 2020/21“ dated September 9, 2020 (eislerCloud/Corona-Maßnahmen – Üben und Unterrichten im WiSe 2020_2021: eislercloud).
    • Chamber music lessons, theory lessons in small groups and project work are possible if they cannot take place adequately in a digital form and as long as no more than 5 students plus a maximum of 2 teachers occupy a room / hall. Otherwise, the maximum occupancy numbers for individual rooms continue to be in effect.
    • Lessons for larger groups can still only take place digitally from January 11 onwards.
     
  5. In-Person Exams
    Essential exams may be held in-person and on site, following the existing rules on distancing, hygiene and ventilation. The number of persons present must be kept to a minimum: the candidate(s), necessary accompanying students/artists and the examination commission (max. three persons).
     
  6. Concerts and Events
    Until January 31 (and possibly longer), no larger ensemble projects, group concerts, class concerts or internal events may take place. Please refer to the limitation of persons present in any room explained in Item 4.
     
  7. Guests
    Guests continue to be excluded from the School buildings. EXCEPTIONS can be made only if external persons are essential for teaching or examinations.
     
  8. Recordings
    Permission for recordings in larger rooms / halls may be granted if they are necessary for entrance exams, competitions or imminent auditions. Requests for dates for independent recordings not requiring recording engineers may be addressed to the SE VG: ueben(at)hfmberlin.de. Recordings with HfM recording engineers must still be authorised by the head of your department.
     
  9. Library
    The library is open for School members starting on January 11 for borrowing. However, working on the library premises is still not possible.

The stipulations in the Corona guidelines on our website apply to the reporting of illnesses or suspected cases to the school.

The following rules continue to apply:

  • Keep distance, wear a facemask, adhere to hygiene, air all spaces intermittently.
  • Obligatory facemasks: Starting immediately, there is a general obligation to wear a facemask during all activities within the Hanns Eisler School. Please wear a medical mask (surgical mask), an FFP2 or KN95 mask whenever you are inside a School building.
    The following exceptions apply:
    - If wearing a facemask cannot be reconciled with artistic/practical instruction, practicing and rehearsing, facemasks do not have to be worn.
    - If this is the case, the existing rules on distancing and ventilation for instruction, practicing and rehearsing must strictly be observed.
    - Wearing a mask is not obligatory at your own work station, as long as you are alone in the room.
    - In offices with several work stations in which the necessary distancing and good ventilation can be implemented, wearing a facemask is not obligatory, but it remains highly recommended.
  • For the protection of instructors and students, the law does not permit lessons to take place in private spaces or at home. Our building management and cleaning staff are working intensively to ensure a safe environment, with hygiene and distancing for all members of the School community.
  • All public events at the School have been cancelled and the School’s buildings are not open to the public until further notice.
  • Please note the current distancing rules and keep at least 1.5 metres between you and other persons. Hand disinfectant stations are available in both the School’s buildings in the entrance foyers and inside the restrooms. Only one person is allowed in elevators.

Entering from abroad: Quarantine and Digital Registration

If you are entering Germany from another country and have visited a risk area in the 10 days before your arrival, then you are in general required to stay in quarantine for 10 days after entry. Please check the quarantine regulations for your federal state (Land) to see which regulations apply to you.
www.einreiseanmeldung.de 
Coronavirus measures of the Senate Chancellery

FAQs Practicing and Teaching

Can I practise now at the School?

In keeping with the distancing and hygiene rules, practising is currently only possible for students to practise individually. Should you realise that your ASIMUT account is blocked for room booking, please send an e-mail and add your current mobile number to ueben(at)hfm-berlin.de.

Which information is available via EislerCloud?

Most students and instructors are already actively using EislerCloud, which is accessible with an HfM email address. All important information is available in the following folders:

  • “Infos Eisler eCampus“: Information on tools, technical instructions and tips for digital instruction
  • “Corona-Maßnahmen“: Information on current measures and regulations (e.g. access to the practice rooms in the Marstall building)
  • “Gremien an der HFM“: Documents of the Academic Senate

FAQs Organising studies

When does the winter semester begin and how will it take place?

The winter semester is scheduled to begin on October 5, 2020. We are aware that the development until the autumn cannot be predicted at this point. Even if we hope to welcome all the members of our School community in Berlin on October 5, 2020, we will still have to live with restrictions during the winter semester as well – not least when it comes to group teaching and the availability of halls and rooms. It is possible that we will be our own audience for School events! We expect a “hybrid semester” consisting of as much on-site teaching as possible, but also including some digital teaching.

Could my “Regelstudienzeit” be extended, due to the pandemic-related delays?

The State of Berlin has regulated the accreditation process of the 2020 summer semester and 20|21 winter semester in favour of the students. Students who are enrolled in the 2020 summer semester and/or 20|21 winter semester and have not taken a leave of absence will benefit from an extended individual “Regelstudienzeit”. This, however, does not apply for students who had already reached the upper limit of semesters of “Regelstudienzeit” at the end of the 2019/2020 winter semester. 

Students now have two extra semesters to catch up on lessons and attend cancelled classes, and to take examinations which were cancelled due to the pandemic. Therefore, the maximum period for which BAföG financial aid is available has also been extended by two semesters. For bachelor’s degree courses, that means 8+2=10 semesters; for master’s degree courses, it means 4+2=6 semesters, and for concert degrees 4+2=6 semesters. Therefore, the semesters continue to be counted, and additional semesters are “added” in the end.

How can I contact the Enrolment and Examinations Office, the Study Advice Office and the International Office?

To protect against the spread of the coronavirus, no personal consultation hours are taking place at the Study Advice Office, Enrolment and Examination Office and International Office. You can contact us under studium(at)hfm-berlin.de

Please address your inquiries exclusively to this address. The e-mails will be forwarded to the respective responsible colleagues.

Which information is available via EislerCloud?

Most students and instructors are already actively using EislerCloud, which is accessible with an HfM email address. All important information is available in the following folders:

  • “Infos Eisler eCampus“: Information on tools, technical instructions and tips for digital instruction
  • “Corona-Maßnahmen“: Information on current measures and regulations (e.g. access to the practice rooms in the Marstall building)
  • “Gremien an der HFM“: Documents of the Academic Senate

Will the summer semester count toward my regular number of semesters?

The summer semester does not count: if you cannot participate in all the courses planned for this semester or take the exams, this will not have a negative effect on the number of your semesters. You will have an additional semester with the possibility to catch up on lessons, coursework and exams.
However, depending on their individual circumstances, students may agree to take exams and receive credit points.

Whom can I turn to if I, as a student of the academy, experience financial distress due to the coronavirus pandemic?

Social Trust Fund:

Students of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin have the possibility to apply for financial support from the social fund of the AStA. For further information on the application process, please click here:
https://www.hfm-berlin.de/en/school/structure/asta-general-students-committee/

Federal aid for students:

The bridging aid of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is intended to help students who can prove an acute emergency situation due to the corona pandemic.
The federal aid can be applied for by domestic and foreign students who are enrolled at state and state-recognized universities in Germany.

Detailed information and the application form can be found at:
https://www.stw.berlin/en/counselling/themen/%C3%BCberbr%C3%BCckungshilfe-des-bundes.html

Current office hours and availability of the studierendenWERK:
https://www.stw.berlin/en/organisation/themen/notbetrieb-im-studierendenwerk.html

Coronacare Live Concerts:
https://www.hfm-berlin.de/en/school/structure/asta-general-students-committee/corona-care-live-concerts/

Can I currently get my student identity card/semester ticket?

Student tickets for the winter semester 2020/2021

We will send you the student ID card by mail within Germany.
Please let us know your current address: studium(at)hfm-berlin.de

Who can help me set up my mail account and solve general technical problems?

The HfM’s team of eTutors is ready to assist with technical issues, concrete planning and implementation of digital instruction: please contact etutor(at)doz.hfm-berlin.de.

FAQs Corona Management

Whom should I let know at the university if my COVID 19 test result is positive?

In case of cold symptoms, fever, loss of sense of smell or taste, it is essential to go into home quarantine and get tested for COVID 19. We have set-up channels of reporting within the School which come into effect immediately and effectively in cases of infection or suspected infection. Please click on this link to our Corona Guidelines and read the entire paper we have prepared for you.

Please announce yourself immediately in case of a positive test result under the HfM’s corona management email address:
corona(at)adm.hfm-berlin.de

How can I receive current information from the School?

The School’s entire communication is taking place via the HfM email addresses.
Students can continue using the email they already have: firstname.lastname(at)stud.hfm-berlin.de
Faculty have received new email addresses: firstname.lastname(at)doz.hfm-berlin.de
Assistant lecturers now also have HfM email addresses: firstname.lastname(at)lba.hfm-berlin.de
You will find instructions on how to set up your HfM email here: Dowload Einrichtungsanleitung PDF

Important information about the Berlin Immigration Office (LEA)

Berlin Immigration Office (LEA) is open again.

Hygiene precautions at the LEA:
Before each access to the building, a contact-free fever measuring will take place. Mouth and nose must be covered. Appointments have been sent by email to customers who registered before April 23. The cash desks remain closed in order to protect against infection. The entire fee procedure has been changed to fee notices. The waiting rooms and other office areas will remain closed to the public.
Online dates are not yet being offered and consultations without prior appointment are not possible. For clearly defined emergency cases (urgent travel required after title expires) the service in Room 80 at Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24 will remain available. Consultations via the telephone hotline will continue.

For further questions: studium(at)hfm-berlin.de

► Current information: Landesamt für Einwanderung
► FAQ Landesamt für Einwanderung – English

What to do in case of infection?

We have determined reporting chains within the School, which come into effect immediately and effectively in cases of infection or suspected infection. 

The infection rates are rising in the metropolis of Berlin with its 3.5 million inhabitants, the cold season is upon us and it is possible that one or several of us may be infected with Covid-19. Therefore, it is all the more important that we act responsibly and adhere to the German “AHA-L” rule:

Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 m from the next person,
complying with hygiene rules,
wearing facemasks (please wear a medical mask (surgical mask), an FFP2 or KN95 mask whenever you are inside a School building) and
ensuring good ventilation.

The most important thing you must do: if you have any reason to suspect you might be infected, stay at home! Please activate and check your HfM email addresses regularly, so we can ensure functioning communication chains within our School community. Within your circle, please make sure that everyone has activated their HfM email addresses: this is the only way for us to keep you all informed of developments within your direct surroundings.

One additional HfM specific is registering each and every person in ASIMUT: this is the only way we can ensure tracking and tracing of all contact persons in suspicious cases.
The HfM’s corona management team is available via this email address: corona(at)adm.hfm-berlin.de

FAQs BAföG and Support

Information for BAföG recipients

BAföG recipients should not suffer any financial disadvantages from the COVID 19 pandemic.

  • The period of pandemic closure of the university is treated like a lecture-free period.
  • New students who cannot start their studies in summer semester 2020 as planned will receive their payments from the time lectures should have started regularly.
  • As with classroom teaching, participation in online teaching, if provided by the university, is mandatory.
  • The same applies for funding for studies abroad.
  • In the event of unavoidable pandemic-related training breaks (e. g. postponement of the final examination), BAföG will continue to be granted for a certain time.
  • If necessary documents (e. g. enrollment certificate, transcript of records) cannot not be presented on time due to pandemic-related restrictions, this does not prevent you from receiving the grant.
  • If exams or courses cannot be attended (on time) due to coronavirus-related restrictions, a postponement of the submission date for the transcript of records can be requested.

► www.bafög.de

Whom can I turn to if I, as a student of the academy, experience financial distress due to the coronavirus pandemic?

Social Trust Fund:

Students of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin have the possibility to apply for financial support from the social fund of the AStA. For further information on the application process, please click here:
https://www.hfm-berlin.de/en/school/structure/asta-general-students-committee/

Federal aid for students:

The bridging aid of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is intended to help students who can prove an acute emergency situation due to the corona pandemic.
The federal aid can be applied for by domestic and foreign students who are enrolled at state and state-recognized universities in Germany.

Detailed information and the application form can be found at:
https://www.stw.berlin/en/counselling/themen/%C3%BCberbr%C3%BCckungshilfe-des-bundes.html

Current office hours and availability of the studierendenWERK:
https://www.stw.berlin/en/organisation/themen/notbetrieb-im-studierendenwerk.html

Coronacare Live Concerts:
https://www.hfm-berlin.de/en/school/structure/asta-general-students-committee/corona-care-live-concerts/